More men approaching helpline now

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 9 September 2018

The reasons why people are emotionally distressed and suicidal is due to relationship problems, financial problems, issues concerning marriage and divorce, jobs, etc.

Pune: Connecting NGO which works for the prevention of suicides and also runs a helpline, which is used by an average age group of 18 to 45 years said, the number of male callers is more than females. 

The NGO shared the data on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day being observed on September 10.

This year’s theme for World Suicide Prevention Day declared by the International Association of Suicide Prevention is ‘working together for preventing suicides’. 

The theme means that all people should come together and create a caring and sensitive society, where everybody is connected to life. This also means that all organisations, stakeholders and hospitals working in the mental health sector should come together and work in collaboration to reduce the incidence of suicides. 

The NGO’s distress helpline is manned by a team of 33 volunteers consisting of seven mentors. Connecting NGO receives 8 to 10 calls on a daily basis and sometimes, the number of calls goes up. The calls are received from across the country, said a spokesperson of the NGO.

How to approach
 Connecting NGO has been running a distress helpline since 2008
 This is the 10th year of the helpline with 1800-843-4353 and 9922001122
 Timings are noon to 8 pm daily
 Walk-in facility between 12 pm to 5 pm Monday to Saturday and email can be sent on connectingngo@gmail.com

Last year, the NGO received 2,500 calls. In India, it has been observed that the number of women attempting suicides is more but more men die due to suicide. 

Based on the calls that the NGO receives, the reasons why people are emotionally distressed and suicidal is due to relationship problems, financial problems, issues concerning marriage and divorce, issues related to job and employment, non-acceptance of sexual orientation and gender identity, domestic violence and ill-treatment by in-laws, blackmail, etc.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Trupti Poduval, CEO of Connecting NGO said that the volunteers should have a listening 
approach.

“The volunteers listen to the callers and they say that they understand the caller’s condition and acknowledge that it must have been hard on them to go through a certain situation. Many times, we share emotional distress with people around us but get suggestions and advice, but sometimes, it is just enough to listen to the person. The caller often finds the solution to their problem while they are sharing it. Hence, the technique helps them a lot,” said Poduval.
 

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